Camberley residents campaigning for speedy rail trips into London

Train journeys between Camberley and London Waterloo could be slashed down to 50 minutes if residents of the Sussex town get their way, reports

The area is situated 31 miles southwest of central London and has become a popular place for London workers to call home. With a view to providing these commuters and other Sussex residents with quick access into the capital, the Camberley Society is campaigning to bring back a rail link which was axed in the 1960s.

The current journey takes an hour and 15 minutes via Ascot, with the alternative being a five mile car trip to Farnborough to get a train which takes 43 minutes. However, claims a time of 50 minutes would be achievable through the new line.

This would help commuters cut hours off their weekly travel, while better access could also encourage Sussex businesses to consider venues for hire in London for their conferences or meetings.

The campaign has received support from Tory MP Michael Gove along with Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council, who are working together to develop a wider rail strategy.

A spokesman for the Council said: “We’d very much like to hear from the Camberley Society as part of the consultation to help shape the future of Surrey’s railways.”

South West Trains, the current train operator for Camberley, said it always welcomed feedback from passengers regarding possible improvements for existing services.